The Natural Wonder Trails

The Fairy DoorS Trail

About the Trail

Explore the magic of nature and learn about biodiversity through stories, poems and texts created by children in Norfolk inspired by the natural world with our special Fairy Door Trail! Cary’s Meadow is on part of the The Broads National Park and the doors were made as a public commission out of reclaimed wood by social enterprise Norwich Men’s Shed.

The Trail Map

Take a walk around our magical Fairy Door Trail, from project Natural Wonder. Each door unlocks a poem or story inspired by nature, written by children across Norfolk with writer Ruthie Collins – use this illustrated map online of Cary’s Meadow to find the doors and click on the numbers to unlock the writing for the magic to start! 

Near doors 6 and 7, can you find ‘hiberculums’ made for reptiles and amphibians?  They are large piles of grass and rubble, created to encourage slow worms and other creatures! See how the ground nearby has been cleared to give reptiles a chance to bask in the sun.

For our children’s Spring Art Prize (2022), maybe you could draw, paint, sculpt or collage them?

Supported by Arts Council England and the Remote Learning Emergency Fund for Educators administered by National Geographic Education. Special thanks to National Centre of Writing and the Broads Authority.

The doors were made out of reclaimed wood by Norwich Men’s Shed thanks to National Lottery Local Connections Fund and will be in situ with a rolling programme of nature inspired writing by children, until Summer 2022.

Map Illustrated by Joe Fear Illustration

What's Behind the doors?

Trail Information


Cary’s Meadow, 3 Yarmouth Road, NR7 0EA


You can park at Cary’s Meadow which is found at 3 Yarmouth Rd, on the opposite side of the road to the Broadland District Council offices


Entry is FREE.

You may have to lift buggies over the gates and stiles, if coming with little ones. Plus it’s a wild space so no toilets.

Additional Information

The trail will last 30 – 45 minutes.

Remember to wear wellies as the Meadow is partially marshland and is very beautiful, but can get a little wet in places! Great fun for splashing.

While here, why not play a bit of tree hide and seek? Count to twenty, choose a tree – and hide! Watch out for rabbits, deer, otters – and fairies!

Find out more about some of the wildlife that inspired the stories here: 

Wildlife in the Broads (